Once again Pangasinan State University (PSU) prides itself as the University President, Dr. Dexter R. Buted, with some of the University Officials, received the Certificate of Commendation for being among the five Universities in the Philippines with Most Outstanding Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) Unit for 2018 during the 32nd Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP) Annual National Conference at the Century Park Hotel, Manila on March 7.

The award is another attestation of PSU’s strong commitment not only to sustain its Quality Assurance thrust but to strengthen it with a greater expanse of mechanisms leading to ASEAN recognition and ultimately, internationalization. Along with PSU, the following State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) also received the same commendation: Polytechnic University of the Philippines; West Visayas State University; Visayas State University; and Jose Rizal Memorial State University.

Hence, it can be re-called that Dr. Buted was the pioneer of the establishment of the Quality Assurance Unit in the University in 2015 which helped in the attainment of the University’s present achievements especially in the passing of PSU in the audit of AJA Registrars gaining the approval of the auditors to recommend the University for an ISO recertification. “There were situations which called for deliberation, sleepless nights, and clash of ideals before coming into a design that would resolve the concerns,” recounted by Dr. Galas being one of the core officialsresponsible for the award.

Hence, prior to the conference, AACCUP did a stringent evaluation to the Internal Quality Assurance Units (IQAU) of all State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to ascertain the status of their viability. A part of the evaluation was the existence of a Board Resolution Number creating the IQAU. Information on the Official designated as Director and his staff, the budget allotted to IQAU in 2018, the existence of an office, and the 2018 accomplishments and activities of the unit were also included in the evaluation.

More so, in relation to the Annual National Conference, an invitation was sent to the Office of the President requesting the attendance of PSU officials for the General Assembly on March 6. It began with a roll-call to SUC attendees, a presentation of the Annual report of the President, financial statements, and plans and projects of the University’s IQA.